Christopher Lowery comments

Posted in: China attacks foreign clothing, shoe brands over sanctions See in context

I'm sorry but it's a biy hypocritical, so I gotta call it. How long have these companies been exploiting the situation? They knew what they were getting into, and China thought they were all idiots, because one day the chickens would come home to roost, and they have. These companies need to also apologize to their home countries as well, if all of these things are found to be true.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Ah, forget the celebs, there just making money from our amusement, who needs that?

If they wanna make this thing happen, they need to get the youth involved; get high schoolers and commended youth from different backgrounds to carry the torch. I'd watch that with tears in my eyes.

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Posted in: Biden signs huge stimulus bill ahead of coronavirus speech See in context

I think this will really help a lot of people. It is interesting to note that the republican proposal wanted something like $618 billion, was limited to only those of a 40,000 usd annual salary and no more than a 1000 usd stimulus check. This is in real contrast to the 1.9 trillion package which has a much higher cut off of 80,000 usd annual salary and a 1,400 usd stimulus check. I'm not really sure what the republicans wanted to demonstrate to the public other than they really didn't want to help very many people, and short the people they would help.

"Republicans propose $1,000 stimulus checks. Here's who would qualify" https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/02/01/republicans-propose-1000-stimulus-checks-heres-who-would-qualify.html

Now, although they the republicans, may have feared for inflation, I think the US economy will in the end benefit from this bill a lot more in a more all encompassing way.

"Yellen plays down inflation fears, pushes for relief bill" https://apnews.com/article/business-coronavirus-pandemic-inflation-janet-yellen-economy-2d8fb02fba7115e2af5379ec7014df26

Peace

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

I just never understood why Mori stayed at the position for so long? He's gaffe prone sure. But really the man should have enjoying the beach for at last 20 years, instead he's really stepped in it this time. And his wife, who made the poinent comments to him : ' You've said something. embarrassing again; I'm going to have to suffer now' has to be the coldest thing I've ever heard; those comments keep me up at night.

All in all I think it's time for a much younger generation of olympic organizers to take over now; Now, Hashimoto is good, but I'm thinking Koji Alexander Murofushi would be the perfect fit. He could have an experienced team around him, and they could pull it off. He would have international appeal as well.

And finally, I actually respect Mori, for his decades of service, for good or bad, it's no easy task to accomplish what he did; a very difficult enterprise, especially with his vice of gaffe and/or falling asleep at government sessions ; he did bring the olympics to Japan, and God knows what else he accomplished in discreet international cooridors, boardrooms and backroom meetings to help create a better Japan.

And so, I forgive Mori for his comments even though many may never, or at least will always be perplexed by them.

In the end it's a cautionary tale; that there were consequences for such behavior and we should all pay very close attention; so I bid him farewell. I also wish his family well, it must be a very difficult time for them.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

I just never understood why Mori stayed at the position for so long? He's gaffe prone sure. But really the man should have enjoying the beach for at last 20 years, instead he's really stepped in it this time. And his wife, who hade the poinent comments to him : ' You've said something. embarrassing again; I'm going to have to suffer now' has to be the coldest thing I've ever heard; those comments keep me up at night.

All in all I think it's time for a much younger generation of olympic organizers to take over now; Saburo is a good transition; but he can't possibly stay there. I'm thinking Koji Alexander Murofushi would be the perfect fit. He could have an experienced team around him, and they could pull it off. He would have international appeal as well.

And finally, I actually respect Mori, for his decades of service, for good or bad, it's no easy task to accomplish what he did; a very difficult enterprise, especially with his vice of gaffe and/or falling asleep at government sessions ; he did bring the olympics to Japan, and God knows what else he accomplished in discreet international cooridors, boardrooms and backroom meetings to help create a better Japan.

And so, I forgive Mori for his comments even though many may never, or at least will always be perplexed by them.

In the end it's a cautionary tale; that there were consequences for such behavior and we should all pay very close attention; so I bid him farewell. I also wish his family well, it must be a very difficult time for them.

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Posted in: Nonregular workers at big firms left out of virus-related benefits See in context

I saw this post recently:

(The Japanese government has been reluctant to give enough support to its own citizens. How do you expect it to support non-Japanese workers? Laid off foreign workers should go back to their countries and find new opportunities there.)

This may seem harsh, and even brutal; but as adults it may do us some good to really see from the above perspective. The solution would require, empathy from both sides, and 100 percent effort on understanding the reality of the climate right now.

The above comment I feel presents the afflicted with a wall of sorts; and it is to everyone to decide how best to negotiate it. Don't get angry; it won't help.

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Posted in: Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing See in context

Yes, I understand the frustration. I mean the vaccine itself has Nanoparticles in it; A technology that vastly outshines any robotic arm that gives shots. Now, if they can revolutionize the way we take injections all together; one that doesn't even require using a needle, now that's worth investing.

However, I am sure that the research, development, design, and construction did in fact create lots of jobs, and could create more in the future. So, there is the silver lining.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

That's fine, make more precise. Start putting money into low income earners bank accounts, color of skin has got nothing to do with it.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

Stop giving money to people who already have it already. Start up companies, colleges. Give me a break. Start putting money into the minority population's bank accounts and give them equality to use it to profit themselves and the community, by giving them free education and equal opportunity in all employment fields. That's what Apple should support and do. Peace.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to build lunar orbiting outpost See in context

Y' know, at first this would probably seem like the chance of a lifetime for up an coming astronauts, to be on that unit that orbits the moon. But just think, 30years from now, the moon; just really a grey mass of minerals, that some poor soul of an astronaut has to orbit for 6 months or so at a time to do research; as apposed to the earth. I almost feel sorry for them. But, maybe it will necessary if we want to go to mars in the future.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

I really don't know what's more difficult, the virus, or the angst of wondering what will happen next. People in Japan are very competitive and strong minded when it comes to making a living. They do not mess around. So, if a policy is not clearly stated, or not strictly enforced; then the common Japanese salary man, or family, will simply with what they know, and argue that they don't know about what the Local Gov, is saying. Peace.

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Posted in: Do you support the government's call for companies to take an extended holiday over the New Year period until Jan 12? See in context

I don't know, I think not much is really going on at that time of the year for Japan, and although contract workers may want to get to work soon, I really think people need to be together and do stuff for as long as they can these days. I may just benefit the economy as much as the family and individuals.

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Posted in: Japan, China discuss restarting mutual business travel See in context

Why would Japan want business travel when they might invade Taiwan? Seems to me they China needs to cool it's heals first.

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/13/china-poised-to-attack-taiwan/

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Posted in: JRFU rules certain Japan passport holders will be regarded as non-Japanes See in context

If you try to argue this with many local people they may respond "but they are foreign so it can't be helped". This attitude in itself is at the route of many of Japan's problems, and Japan Rugby behaving in this way is not helping.

International rugby is one thing. Human rights is another.

I agree that these are important issues. Like I said, I applaud your argument, and respect it.

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Posted in: JRFU rules certain Japan passport holders will be regarded as non-Japanes See in context

@Jpn_guy you are such an angel, I applaud your argument, and respect it.

I would only say that these 'newly minted' Japanese citizens were not 'spring chickens' and Thier motivations were probably more on the whole competition side of things.

And, frankly, these people are not 'Japanese' they are people from foreign lands, like myself, but instead of being satisfied and grateful and appreciative of their natural citizenship like me, instead tossed thier citizenships to compete at the national level, and took on Japanese Citizenship, and now they are victims of immigration bureaucracy.

Now, If these individuals would have come here as kids or something you may have more empathy; Or they had taken advantage of some legal loophole that had suddenly closed on the count of thier retained nationality, this too may have garnered support; But in reality we know deep down these guys need to take their medicine and drop this.

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Posted in: TV personality Bobby Ologun indicted on domestic abuse charge See in context

The sad thing about this, is the children. And the outrageous thing is. That he actually laid hand on the mother of his children; and the other audacious thing is to even think that he comes from some kind of humble beginning; The man, Bobby is very spoiled and very rich, in Africa his family was practically royalty. You would think he was raised better than that. Bobby should have known better. I hope he gives pause and changes course. And sincerely spends the rest of his life in dedication to his family instead of ego.

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Posted in: JRFU rules certain Japan passport holders will be regarded as non-Japanes See in context

Well, it seems there is a price to pay for throwing away your natural citizenship for a starting position or any position on a team that you will obviously be cut from eventually, and left with the fact that you are without employment and a bit of an elephant in the room.

Although I do understand the dream-like quality of such an enterprise it's just, in hindsight it sounds a bit unwise if you ask me.

Remember, that precious passport you have doesn't just encompass a few seasons; it encompasses your entire life. You need to think long and hard no matter who you are, or what your position, about the cost of such an endeavor, and the true and ultimate consequences of those actions.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

Please don't get to angry or unforgiving of the governments response to this catastrophe. Their response was comparatively very humain. If people outside your home could be sick, and your family could be infected, wouldn't you tell them to come back at a later date? And if you did let them in would you not take the utmost precautions? And let's say a family member could have this sickness, would you risk letting them in and infect the whole family, or would you not tell them to come back at a later date? On on top of that what if you had little info on this sickness to begin with? Let's get off our high horses, take our medicine on this one, say thank you, and move ahead.

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Posted in: Muji to sell candy and snacks by weight, each individually plastic wrapped See in context

Ask the past vendors before of sweets what this practice got them in the end, Sweet Factory etc. No business; thirty years ago maybe, but this is clearly a money grab, bubble era-like and in this day and age, its a terrible one at that. What a tremendous waste of plastic and money. What on earth was their R&D or marketing department thinking? And who in there right mind gave the go ahead to this? I hope whoever it is has retirement in mind.

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Posted in: Peach plane diverts to Niigata airport to offload passenger who refused to wear a mask See in context

I think it's quite clear, if you support public safety and health, then you wear your mask; I don't want to hear about technicalities, and sympathy. Your are in a closed space, people are uncomfortable as it is, then there is always the chance that you will spread your saliva around, no one knows anything about you; stop being so demanding, show some consideration, and put your mask on.

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Posted in: Osaka to play in Western & Southern Open semifinals, after all See in context

All her actions proved is that she as no leadership in her life. She has no one to give her any real world wisdom. It wasn't until she was sat down by sports officials, that some common sense was given to her.

A few points: The people on the street think it's all Call of Duty, but it's not, and it's costing them their lives ; it's no joke. And statistics?

Everyone worth their salt in that field knows that all statistics are always stated in a way to favor whoever posted them. So frankly Osaka needs to focus on what she knows, tennis. And all these athletes protesting need to shut up and play, and drop their Chinese sponsorships, they are not fooling anyone. Even their announcements seem half hearted and lacking of any real knowledge of the situation. As soon as these athletes step out of there professions to protest, they immediately seem bought and payed for with no true skin in the game but the money that was payed to them. In Osaka's case though it was probably the threat of monetary penality that made her change course; she's probably just as confused as she was before.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of older brother See in context

Looks this time Cain got thrown into a Japanese prison, never to be heard of again. And Able? Back to work.

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Posted in: Gov't appeals court order to recognize 'black rain' victims See in context

I don't know why they did this. There must be some kind of in-fighting going on here. There's no logical reason to appeal; and of all the times in the year, August, really? This sounds like a self inflicted tragedy. You can't make this stuff up. It's so sad.

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Posted in: Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow thanks Japanese for support See in context

Hints of Aung san suu kyi spring to mind when I look deeper into this. We should not expect too much from Agnes. Let's just hope she gets out of this alive and free. But in the future if you hear things like her being elected to office or something, let's not get carried away and remember Aung san suu kyi, she completely abandoned the plight of the rohingya in Myanmar, and for what? Fear, pressure and enticement.

Don't think for a second that with the right amount of fear, pressure, and enticements, that the Chinese government won't do the same thing with Agnes. What does she know? She cannot possibly fathom what the Chinese government is truly capable of. And neither can we.

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Posted in: Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims See in context

And there it is:

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

So, perhaps they need to get the bill passed and stop arguing over Trump's stopgap. No his executive order will not solve everything, but it does but time to get the job done. Please, stop bickering and and get the bill passed.

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Posted in: Japan to send help as Mauritius races to contain massive fuel oil spill See in context

Well、let's just be thankful that it wasn't an oil tanker, that would have been a catastrophe. However, this is no picnic, and waiting two weeks seems more like paperwork bureaucracy, something that needs to dealt with at a later date. They just need to get that fuel out of the water, and that cargo ship to the yard, and quick. Good luck.

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Posted in: LDP policymakers say Japan should have missile base-striking ability See in context

Well look, if your going to be a powerhouse in Asia, which Japan is without a doubt, and have the third largest economy in the world, as well as be situated right next to Chinese military prowess, you better be able to assert yourself in the region, meaning, be able to defend your entire airspace and souvergn land and or territories at anytime by land, air, sea, digital, and intergalactic, as well be able to preempt any hostilities toward you all the same; this not amature night here, this like Land and political soverngnty basics 101. Not to mention just good governence. This shouldn't even be a topic for discussion, this should have been done long ago.

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Posted in: Jagger, Stipe sign letter demanding campaign song consent See in context

A bunch artists angry that another rich person is using their songs, and has more influence with it then they could have ever imagined or wanted. This reminds me when George Gershwin made Porgy and Bess. (Not that much) anyways, the composition was steeped rich in anti-slavery anti-segregation idealism. But it ended up being the soundtrack for an American In Paris. Not at all what Mr Gershwin wanted, and he was livid about it. However, and as you u know MGM kept it and the rest is history. Now, I'm sorry, but as beautiful a dancer as Gene Kelly was, and as much as he was protrayed as the struggling foreign man in France after WW2. He was definitely no Porgy. So I guess Trump is no Mic or Tom either. But he's still using those songs.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will help Japan monitor Chinese incursion around disputed islands See in context

Desert Tortoise,

I gotta say, your on the money. It's really tough out there.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will help Japan monitor Chinese incursion around disputed islands See in context

Well, it looks like the Chinese manifesto for the Senkaku islands just hit a roadblock. I'm pretty sure they didn't expect this. They don't want war, and those waters aren't worth it. They'll, counter with a diplomatic, pragmatic word salad, and then maybe try a few times but finally relent in their adventurism. They'll have to wait another hundred years or so. And they will wait; and I think that may be the scariest thing. The fact that they can afford to just wait, and eventually get everything they want, if we are not careful.

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